Labor Market Improvements And Positive Consumer Outlook
Spur 0.6 Percent Increase In Travel
It’s known as summer’s ‘last hurrah’. Mindful of this, and with a stock of vacation days to spare, fourteen percent of the population in the Greater Washington metro area are expected to take to the roads, sky, rails and watercraft to celebrate the last summer travel period estimates AAA Mid-Atlantic. This is a slight increase of 0.6 percent over 2013.
That fourteen percent figure equates to more than 842,000 people in the Washington D.C. area traveling from Thursday through Monday for the Labor Day holiday weekend with the majority expected to travel by car. The figure also represents the highest number of holiday travelers hailing from the Washington metro area for a Labor Day Holiday weekend since 2008, or the mid-point of the “Great Recession,” which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.
For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.
There is a new Edible Arrangements store currently being built at 1640 King Street next to the Dunkin Donuts location in the Upper King Street neighborhood. This is a brand new store and is not owned by the same people who own the Edible Arrangements store up on Quaker Lane in Fairlington.
Edible Arrangements merchandise includes fun, fresh-dipped fruit bouquets and more. Edible Arrangements are perfect for gifts, birthdays, special occasions, and more. To view the arrangements and other merchandise from Edible Arrangements, click this link.
(H/T Kendoll Ann & Dan)
The Bradlee Medical Building, located at 3543 West Braddock Road in Alexandria right next to Bradlee Shopping Center, has office space available at very affordable rates. Check out this link for the listing. The listing notes rental rates are probably going up once the new Safeway at Bradlee is finished.
VDOT is working on finishing up the I-395 HOT lanes mega project later this year which will run from Edsall Road to points south along I-395 in Northern Virginia. The great Michael Neibauer from the Washington Business Journal has the details on a second mega project now underway affecting 395 between Duke Street and Seminary Road. The project includes the long-awaited reversible ramp for Mark Center employees.
If you are NOT going to the beach this Labor Day weekend, then the place to be is Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria’s 1812 Bi-Centennial Signature Event Weekend is this weekend and there is a FREE full weekend of events in Alexandria, Virginia commemorating the War of 1812.
Signature Weekend Overview
REMINDER: The Hollywood version of the War of 1812 is showing at The Lyceum TONIGHT and tomorrow.
Throughout the weekend, cheer on your fellow Alexandrians as they take on the British as part of the official British Challenge in three events. All events are free and open to the public. For more information and the full events schedule, visit this link.
See you there!
Saturday, August 30
- 10 a.m. Wreath Laying at the Grave of Robert Allison, Jr.
- Presbyterian Meeting House Cemetery & Columbarium, 600 Hamilton Lane - Help honor the Veterans of the War of 1812. At its conclusion, guests will mark War of 1812 Veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery. All are welcome.
- Noon – 6 p.m. Challenge #1: Cricket Match - Jefferson Cricket Field, Potomac Park, Washington, DC (north of 14th Street Bridge) Team Alexandria v. Team Britain (British Defence Staff, UK Embassy
- 3 – 4 p.m. US Navy Band Concert - Market Square, 301King Street
- 4:30 – 5 p.m. Honors Ceremony (Seating opens at 4:15 p.m.) - Alexandria National Cemetery, 1450 Wilkes Street - Featuring the Continental Color Guard with Fife and Drum
Sunday, August 31
- 11 a.m. Challenge #2: Yacht Race - Old Dominion Boat Club, 1 King Street - Team Alexandria (Old Dominion Boat Club) v. Team Britain (British Defence Staff, UK Embassy) Take part in the start of this race!
- Noon – 5 p.m. Signature Event - Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street - Waterfront Park will be transformed into a festival to commemorate the events that transpired on our shores 200 years ago. Meet the townspeople of 1814, enjoy boat tours of the river courtesy of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, listen to the USN Sea Chanters, watch the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and learn more about the War of 1812 through a variety of hands-on activities and information booths.
- 3:30 p.m. Challenge #3: Tug of War Team Alexandria (City of Alexandria Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 2141) v. Team Britain (British Defence Staff, UK Embassy)
- 4:15 p.m. Presentations and Recognition of the Cricket, Yacht Race, and Tug of War Winners
The Inc. 500/5000 list was recently released and features the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. The 2014 list features 15 Alexandria businesses including Metis Solutions, which specializes in government services, at #201. The Washington Business Journal has the list of Washington-area businesses that cracked the top 500.